Saturday, April 30, 2011

5 Tips on how you can have a great time during a wine and food festival

Experts foresee a boom in culinary tourism with the recovery of the economy and all. Should we expect then more TV shows with kitchens and chefs on their titles? Maybe. These trends tell us that thousands of people might actually attend the upcoming food festivals and wine festivals. If you are planning to go to one any time soon, you need to read on and find out how you can really enjoy these culinary festivals:

Read and research
When you go to a big wine festival or a big food event, you can expect a lot of participating wineries and food brands. It can mean stall after stall and hallway after hallway. It is impossible to find the best stuff if you do not do your research in advance. Make use of the internet and find the best bottles and best items.
List down the names of the participants that you really want to see. If you are a beginner with food and wine festivals, you can talk to a local wine expert or a chef in your town and share the list with him or her. Get the expert’s opinion and know what are the must wines and must foods at the festival. 

Eat before you drink
You might have heard this tip a million times but it really makes sense when you think about it. Fill up before you try those wines and spirits. When you go for the drinks first, you might lose your control and grab whatever food is in sight. You do not want to forget the diet you have been trying to follow for weeks or months now just because you are going to a food festival. You can still stay healthy amid all the food and drinks.
Just take a bite, a sip
A bite. A sip. That is all what you need to have when there is an over supply of good food and wine around you. You only have a small space to fill so make sure to take it slow and pace yourself while walking around. Ask the distributor for the best food or wine to sample. Make sure that the bad stuff do not take a lot of space. If you think it is not good enough, go to the next.
Do not be afraid to try new tastes and flavors
If your palate is afraid of new, unfamiliar flavors, food and wine festivals are the perfect venues to try something that you have never tried before. You can try a ton of samples from exotic food, fresh olive oil, old wines, and a lot of stuff you might consider weird. Give into the challenge and temptation of exposing yoursel to new flavors.
Be on the look out for the next big thing
There will be the big names of the food industry during major food and wine festivals, but do not limit your time lining up to meet and greet them. Be on the look out for the next big thing and next big personality of the food and wine industry. Who knows, you might just be closing a good deal with them.